SURFWORCESTER

 

Worcester has a history of porcelain manufacture that stretches back over 250 years, giving the city a most fortunate aspect to it's industrial and social history. Five major sites of manufacture have existed in that time, one of which survived until relatively recently as the world famous Worcester Royal Porcelain Company. The following map has been devised to introduce the visitor or local history buff to the geographical & historical development of the porcelain industry in Worcester.

 PORCELAIN TRAIL MAP

This is a fairly detailed map & will take a little time to appear in totality in your browser. 

SUGGESTED TRAIL WALK

Start from Severn Street (parking available at Royal Worcester Visitor Centre & nearby). Walk towards river, the Diglis Hotel, former home of R.W. Binns, is on your left. Turn right onto Kleve Walk, passing Cathedral & walk towards the bridge. When you reach the car park in front of Worcester College of Technology you reach the site of the 1751 factory, the northern bounds of the factory roughly correlate to the line of Copenhagen Street. Walk up Quay Street, where you are now in the vicinity of the china mill. At end of Quay Street, you will see the Massalla Lounge restaurant opposite and this and next door is where Doctor Wall and William Davis are purported to have carried out their initial experiments. Cross Deansway by All Saints Church (this church was surrounded by closely knit housing in Georgian times, many of the inhabitants no doubt finding work at the new porcelain manufactory).Walk along Broad Street towards The Cross. Broad Street was the location of several fine china shops in the nineteenth century. Turn left at the top of Broad Street and walk toward Foregate Street. The Grill & Flames restaurant is the former site of Grainger's china shop. Doctor Wall's house is situated in The Foregate (Valentinos restaurant) which was also the home of Charles Hastings.

Two options are now available to you:

1/ You can now return down The Foregate and along High Street, passing the locations of the original shops of Flight and Chamberlain,walk past the Cathedral and walk along College Precincts and back to Severn Street.

2/ You can visit the sites of the Grainger factory(ten minute walk from Doctor Wall's house) & Locke factories (twenty minute walk from Doctor Wall's house. Walk down Pierpoint Street (location of the Worcester Government School of Art), Sansome Walk, Lowesmoor, Shrub Hill Road (at the corner of Shrub Hill Road is the magnificent old Victorian factory building that housed the Worcestershire Exhibition of 1882 where both the WRPC and Grainger's exhibited). After passing Shrub Hill station walk under the railway bridge towards the Newtown Road. The first factory on your right is the former premises of Locke & Co. Return under railway bridge and cross over road and walk down Tallow Hill, crossing over a small canal bridge. On reaching a roundabout the premise of Grainger's can be seen on the right.To return to Severn Street, turn left at The City Walls Road and follow to the end and cross over into Edgar Street.Alternatively cross over The City Walls Road, return to The Cross, turn left and journey up High Street as in option 1/.

The Royal Worcester Visitor Centre is a must to visit when in Worcester and houses the world renowned Museum of Worcester Porcelain.

The Royal Worcester website is well worth a visit:
http://www.royal-worcester.co.uk

GUIDE TO MAP

THE FIVE TEAPOTS ON THE MAP REPRESENT THE MAIN FACTORIES INVOLVED IN THE HISTORY OF WORCESTER PORCELAIN. CLICK ON THEM TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL FACTORIES.
If you do not want to view the map you can directly access the individual factory pages:


Original 1751 factory
Chamberlain factory
Grainger factory
Hadley factory
Locke factory

The following information is also summarised on the map via a pop-up guide.
THE HOUSE IN BROAD STREET WHERE DR WALL & WILLIAM DAVIS WERE SAID TO HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR INITIAL EXPERIMENTS. This was the home of William Davis who was a chemist by trade. This is now the site of the La Roma restaurant.
 YELLOW BALLS NUMBERED 1 - 8
 1 Site of china mill probably used by the 1751 factory. William Davis was involved.
 2 Diglis House. This is now the Diglis Hotel but in the late 1800s was the home of R.W. Binns, the man who did so much to ensure the survival of the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company during the Victorian period.
 3 Site of the shop originally occupied by Flights, and later by Robert Chamberlain at No. 33 High Street. Chamberlain opened his shop in 1789.This is now a shoe shop.
 4 Site of Flights second shop at No. 45 High St. This is now W.H. Smith - magazine & stationery branch.
 5 Graingers shop in Foregate Street. This is now a pizza parlour
 6 Doctor Walls house at No. 43 Foregate Street. This was also the residence of Charles Hastings (Founder of the British Medical Association - a plaque can be seen on the house).
 7 Worcester Government School of Art. Founded in1851 in Pierpoint Street and a training ground for several famous employees such as James Callowhill.
 8 Site of china kiln. Unfortunately little is known about this kiln which is shown on a 1776 map of land owned by the Moule family.